Get Your Paddles Out – The Pinging Has Resumed!


It is my Understanding that the prompt / challenge pingbacks are working again – WOOT WOOT!!!  Thank you WordPress folks for your time and effort in fixing this for us!


Here’s a bit of what I’ve learned / been reminded of since the issue started on Tuesday …

  • We truly are a community ’round here aren’t we?  From raising our voices via the support avenues to let them know about the issue, to supporting each other’s posts REGARDLESS of if their pingbacks worked or not.

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Fellow WP Bloggers – Having Prompt Pingback Problems?

Update as of about 1:oo pm my time (near Toronto, Canada so EDT) …

I have now seen a couple of replies from staff in the support forums, including for my post referenced below, that they are aware of the issue and the developers are working on a fix.  Thanks to all for your voices on this, here there and anywhere you raised them.

Looking forward to catching up on some of your terrific posts on the prompts really soon I hope!   Marianne



I know a good lot of my followers/readers are fellow WordPress bloggers, and that many of you also like to read and participate in the WP Daily Post prompt challenges like myself.  If your response to a prompt hasn’t shown up like mine didn’t on Tuesday, I’ve added a new post to the WP support forum asking for them to fix it.

If you’re in the same predicament of not being able to see or respond to prompts since Tuesday, please go here and add a comment to my original support post in the forum.  Maybe if we band together and generate lots of traffic there, they will catch sight of it and fix the pingpack glitch!

Here’s where my support post is:

Your Daily Post Pingbacks Haven’t Worked Since Tuesday


Thanks in advance for adding your voice there!   Marianne


Image source:   Ze’ev Barkan user on, CC2.0 Generic

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Is There An Otto Titsling Theme Out There?

WARNING TO DA BOYS:  This post contains explicit mention of ladies undergarments.  But in a hum-drum practical kinda way, sorry.

I like my blog theme.  Haven’t used it to its full functionality yet, I’m a newbie so still learning.  What I didn’t like was looking for it.  It was an arduous, time-consuming, and overwhelming task.  Until I got my tech-savvy 20 yr old daughter to help.  Then it was easy.  I gave her a wish list from my window shopping of other sites I liked, and made her go find the right one for me.  I’ll likely change it one day but for now I am quite content with it.

The assignment for Day 5 in Blogging 101 is to Love Your Theme:   try out 3+ other themes including one you would never use.  Okay, I will just because I try to be a good student.  But not until after I get over the stress it causes me to even think about going through the process again, especially without my kid around.  Knowing me, I’ll adopt the theme I don’t like, mess up my settings, and lose posts.

Thinking about the assignment though reminded me of another task I don’t like to do, but must on occasion:  shop for a new bra.  Did reading that make you squint your eyes and raise your eyebrows?  Here’s how I see some similarities …
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Help! I’ve Fallen Into My Reader And I Can’t Get Out!

Not all readers write, but all writers read.

Today’s assignment in Blogging 101 is to Say Hello To The Neighbours – follow 5 new topics in The Reader and 5 new blogs.  Sounds easy, right?  Sounds fun too, yes?  Sounds like a natural thing to do since everyone who blogs is a writer of some sort or another and therefore if my equation of the writing / reading world is correct, heading into The Reader in WordPress is a given.  Ha!  Not for me – I’m a fraidy cat when it comes to The Reader.

I like perusing books in all sorts of places, online and in the physical world.  The large chain store in my local mall.  The book section of music stores.  A gazillion websites.  Other people’s coffee tables, night stands, and bathrooms.  The overflowing shelves in thrift stores.  At libraries.  In milk crates at garage sales.  Under my bed, on my desk, and in the bedrooms of my own kids.  Just yesterday while at an Urban Outfitters store in Toronto, I bought one book, jotted down the names of two others I would like to read, and got several Christmas present ideas for loved ones (the big day is only 169 days away you know).

But my favourite place to find my next best read is any independent bookstore, carrying new, used, or a combination of both book offerings.  It’s the place I go feeling ready to brave the world, save the world, change the world, become a part of the world, and find my own place in the world.  It’s where I find comfort, solace, inspiration, and more things to dust.  It’s my “go-to” place when I need a gift for someone.  I have experienced life altering, “ah-ha” moments in these places.  I want to experience more.

I have to enter such an establishment with caution though.  I can stay there for hours and hours and hours.  My kids will join me browsing the aisles of a local bookstore, they are all readers too, so it can be a family affair.  However, if they aren’t “in the mood”, they know to leave mom alone and carry on down the street to shop elsewhere for a bit.  Usually, they finish their other browsing before I am anywhere near done mine and end up coming back to me rather than me having to text one of them to find out where they are.
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